Solomon’s admonitions to his son regarding the sin of adultery seems almost excessive if it were not for the prevalence of sexual lusts and its path of moral destruction in our day. “Sex Sales!”, so goes the justification of advertisers who have no moral compass as they hawk their wares.
Our society considers the Seventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14), to be an unreasonable expectation! Virginity and purity are considered Victorian and passé by a nation rejecting such values. Who, but God, can weigh the tragic end of a culture where parents permit all manner of sexual sins to enter into their homes and children’s lives? What is the end of a people who facilitate sexual promiscuity and experimentation in children’s lives as young as grammar school?
Solomon was well aware that adultery could destroy his son by eroding his character and perverting his judgment. He knew from his father and mother’s sexual indiscretion the toll and heartache of immorality in a home. In an earlier devotion we noted Solomon’s warning to his son and I will only cite those verses as we introduce today’s proverb.
Proverbs 5:3-5 – “For the lips[speech; conversation] of a strange woman [adulterous] drop as an honeycomb [sweet as honey], and her mouth is smoother than oil [full of flattery]: 4 But her end [the end of the adulterous woman] is bitter as wormwood [poisonous; cursed], sharp as a twoedged sword. 5 Her feet [path] go down to death; her steps take hold on hell [are the way to hell].”
Solomon continues his warning to his son:
Proverbs 5:6 – “Lest thou shouldest ponder[weigh; consider] the path of life, her ways [adulterous woman] are moveable [uncertain; wander], that thou canst not know[understand; discern] them.”
Solomon urged his son to stay far from the path and ways of adulterous women. He warned that a woman with no moral guide is a wanderer, driven by lust and straying far from “the path of life”.
My friend, Hollywood, Rock stars, athletes, politicians and even some preachers play fast and loose with immorality. They appear to indulge in all manner of sexual immorality with impunity. However, I would remind you that, although God is longsuffering, there is a Day of Judgment coming when “12 the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened…and they were judged every man according to their works… 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”(Revelation 20:12-15).
Revelation 22:13-15 clearly teaches that “whoremongers, and murderers and idolaters” are not entering heaven (22:15). You should weigh the destiny of your eternal soul if you are indulging in sexual immorality and are unrepentant!
Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith